The race between Howard Berman, left, and Brad Sherman for a newly redrawn Valley district will continue through the November general election.

The race between Howard Berman, left, and Brad Sherman for a newly redrawn Valley district will continue through the November general election. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times / June 6, 2012)

Reps. Brad Sherman and Howard Berman handily outdistanced their five little-known, underfinanced challengers in Tuesday's primary, ensuring that the high-spending, nationally watched showdown between two liberal Democratic congressmen will continue through the November general election.

With more than half the precincts reporting, Sherman, of Sherman Oaks, and Berman, of Valley Village, finished first and second, respectively, giving them both a place on the fall ballot under the state's new "top two" primary system as they battle to represent the San Fernando Valley's 30th Congressional District.

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-- Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times